Useful information : When to go
When to go
Let's be honest, Béarn is not a top destination for sun-seekers: the regular and heavy rains are accompanied by sudden and violent storms in summer. The lush vegetation, one of Béarn's great draws, is a direct result of its climate.
Paradoxically, autumn and winter are the brightest seasons, prone to sudden warm spells. Go hiking in June to take in the beautiful mountain flowers, or in September to enjoy the subtle play of light, with the chance of encountering herds as they move to their winter pastures. But you should always remember to pack an umbrella or raincoat.
Ski lovers should come from December to February, when snow coverage is good, and the sun usually shows its face. Novice kayakers are better off going in summer, since the flow of the rivers in spring (due to snowmelt) and autumn makes the going more perilous.
And if it rains, take refuge in the museums, of which there are many, or enjoy a tour of the local wine growers… in moderation!